Understanding compliance for access control

See different types of compliance regulations and how they relate to door access in a modern organization.

Almost everything in a company depends on access - first and foremost you need to get through the door and that’s where compliance starts. Physical security is a part of compliance in many areas and in this overview of compliance policies we’d like to highlight a few of them. For some businesses it’s critical to get a security compliance grade that allows them to have a security positioning in the marketplace, for others it’s about being able to charge credit card data directly using PCI compliance. There are many compliance types and we’d like to make it easy to navigate between the different ones:

Which compliance do you need for access control?

What is Compliance?

Compliance means following the standards and laws accordingly. In the world of access control and security this means we have a standard of how people get accesshow those permissions are managed and stored.

Core to compliance is the compliance certification -- a certain document that is issued by a official authority that ensures that a specific service or product meets the necessary specifications to be used.

In the case of access control system security, physical compliance certifications account for its quality in terms of efficiencysafety, and usability.  

Purposes of Access Compliance  

Ensuring functionality

A compliance certificate from a reliable authoritative body ensures the overall functionality of a physical access control system. The basic purpose of an access control is to limit the access to a certain file or set of information to a limited number of people based on their retinal scan, security access code, or other biometric means. A certificate ensures that the security system provides its service for a considerable period of time abiding by the implemented screening process properly.   

Preventing hack attacks and malware

As everything is becoming digitised nowadays, every access control system possesses an online database that can be susceptible to certain malware and other nefarious hack attacks. As a result, the access control system must have an impregnable firewall that can withstand such attacks and maintain the security of a certain organisation. An access compliance certification makes sure that the firewalls used in the access control system are of decent quality and capable of thwarting random hack attacks and malicious websites.  

Organised storage and quick access to information

Besides providing limited access, an access control security system is also responsible for keeping the necessary files in a secure location and in proper order so that they can be accessed readily by people with proper credentials. A physical access compliance certificate also ensures this quality in a physical access control system.   

Protection from computer virus

Besides protecting from hacks and malware, an access control system must be impervious to computer viruses to function properly for a considerable period of time. A compliance certificate ensures that the antivirus installed in the security system is capable of offering enough protection against a computer virus.  


Importance of Obtaining Compliance Certification

For businesses offering physical access control system to various organisations, a compliance certificate from a regulatory body like ISO plays a pivotal role.

Meeting customer requirements

With the issue of certification, entities like protection from malware, quality of the antivirus, biometric access system, storage of the secured files, etc are vetted and verified to be robust. Thus, a certified access control system would have little problems satisfying their customers.

Improving quality

A certificate of compliance not only acts as a mere symbol of quality of a certain product, but also helps in sustaining that quality over the years and also improve it a bit. A certified manufacturer of access control system is more likely to have a very organised and foolproof designing process than the uncertified ones.

Increasing revenue

If your company has a compliance certificate issued by a reputable organisation, it acts as a definitive proof of the quality of your service or product. It also indicates that your product follows the regulations as per ISO 22301, FISMA etc. Consequently, there will be more leads, and a possible increase in revenue.

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Key Benefits of Compliance Certificate

 A compliance certificate for your physical access control system can be advantageous in many ways:

Owning a Failsafe System

A compliance certificate accounts for a failsafe system and as a result, significantly mitigates possibilities of disastrous outcomes from the product

Increase credibilty

Improvement of the reputation and credibility of the organisation with a considerable amount of customer satisfaction and consistent performance.

Increase interest

With the two abovementioned factors, it will not be long before you will enjoy a growing interest among new customers and investors.

Remember, a certified access control system is highly likely to provide a security system of considerable efficiency, usability, and security.

Here are the top most important compliance areas we came across, let us know if one is missing!


PCI DSS Compliant

Payment Card Industry commonly known as (PCI) is a set of security rules dealing with data security standards. This standard is compulsory for all companies that uses send, receive, store or process the payments through debit or credit cards to keep a very robust security ecosystem across all activities and processes of the company business.


SOC 2 compliant

Service Organization Control 2 (SOC2) is one of the organization’s control service audit reports of SOC reporting framework that certifies that the organization has standard mechanisms implemented for data security – physical and logical, processing integrity, service availability, privacy and data confidentiality.



NERC-CIP refers to North American Electric Reliability Corporation – Critical Infrastructure Protection and concerns with the certification for companies that run bulk electric operations in the North American region. This certification is governed by 9 fundamental standards that comprises 45 basic requirements required to secure the critical assets of companies.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is personal data protection regulation that safeguards the privacy and control over the personal data of the customers used by different companies for online or offline businesses. This regulation is adopted by the European Union for all countries in the union back in 2016 and will be effectively enforced automatically in May 2018 without any enabling legislation.

Verizon Cybertrust

The Verizon Cybertrust Security Certification provides a process for ongoing risk management and mitigation, and allows organizations to attain a detailed yet feasible level of security.

Attaining it is a critical competitive differentiator, as it demonstrates to your customers and partners that information security is your utmost priority.


UL294 compliance standard is designed to assess the performance, construction and operation of the access control devices and systems. 

The main objective of this standard is to verify that the access control system is manufactured as per safety and regulatory standards for safe and non hazardous operations. 


HIPAA compliance is a health specific compliance policy. Any company dealing with sensitive health data will need their facility access control, devices and media controls as well as workstation controls to be HIPIAA compliant. Which are the four main parameters for HIPAA security.

Read on to find out the four main parameters for HIPAA security.

ISO 27001

The ISO 27000 family of standards helps organizations keep information assets secure. These include assets like financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties.

ISO 27001 in particular specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system.

CSA Star

For cloud service providers, you would want to attain the CSA STAR Certification. It is a rigorous third party independent assessment of your security level, and lends much authority and trustworthiness of your business if attained.


Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 is an auditing standard for service organizations. Similar to ISO 27001:2013, it provides guidance on an auditing method, rather than mandating a specific control set.


What is FISMA and what does access control has got to do with it? How do you go about getting FISMA Access Control compliant? We'll show you the in-and-outs.

ISO 20000 and 22301

ISO 20000 is a global standard of requirements for an information technology service management (ITSM) system, while ISO 22301 concerns with providing a framework for assessing suppliers and their risks, assessing current business practices and planning contingency measures. 

Still find these terms foreign? Read on to find a more detailed explanation of what they mean and how they work!

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